The True Account Of Fred Merkle’s “Boner”

Posted: 1st October 2009 by Cliff Eastham in MLB
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á Note:á This was found in the diary of a Mr. O. C. Schwartz at an estate sale á á So much has been said about what is commonly called "The Merkle Boner" that, being an eyewitness to the account, I should set the matter straight once and for all. á It was a Wednesday, Sept. 23 in 1908, my Dad took me to the game , letting me miss school that day.á I was only eight-years old at the time, and it was the first chance I ever had to watch a professional baseball game in person. á I may be 75 years old, but I remember it as if it were yesterday. á The controversy is all about what happened in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Polo Grounds was crowded that day. The fans were all getting ready to rush the field at game's end. á The score was tied 1-1 with two outs. A fellow by the name ...

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